Showing posts from September, 2010

October is National Animal Protection & Safety Month and National Pet Wellness Month: Do you know First Aid or CPR for your canine?

You arrive home and discover your beloved pet is injured and bleeding. Or, he is in the middle of a seizure, or has stopped breathing. What do you do? While these are extremely scary scenarios, do you know what you would do first? Do you know if CPR is required? Do you know how to administer CPR or First Aid? Do you have a method of moving an unconscious and injured pet, especially if it is a large breed? Are the phone numbers handy for your vet, emergency hospital, and poison control centers? Are they pre-programmed in your phone? Do you have someone to call who can help you? Our Bandit practicing her Pet First Ai d . These and many other questions were recently answered during a Pet First Aid (American Safety & Health Institute) program recently sponsored by Paws Unlimited , an animal rescue located in Upstate New York. Charles and Donna, the husband and wife team of instructors from Emergency Educational Training, have over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field and

Hiking to Help Huskies

Today was the Tails on the Trails fundraising event to benefit homeless and abused Siberian Huskies through the Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue (TOTTSHR) . Our "kids" had a lot of fun being "remote walkers" here at home helping to raise awareness about the Siberian Husky breed and for those in desperate need of a loving Hu-family. We sincerely thank all the folks who pledged donations that will go to benefit less fortunate Sibes through the TOTTSHR. We hope you enjoy this slideshow of the FiveSibes as they prepared to go for their walk (and later take a nap!) in the name of helping others!

FiveSibes are taking a hike...all for a good cause; to benefit homeless Siberian Huskies

The FiveSibes are eagerly looking forward to taking a hike this Saturday during the annual Tails on the Trails fundraiser to benefit Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue. Please visit our PayPal Pledge Page and look for the photo of the FiveSibes. Since I am enrolled in a canine CPR/First Aid program that day, we won't be physically at the event, however, we will be there in spirit and are participating as "remote" hikers and will be walking in our hometown to raise awareness for and about Siberian Huskies and the TOTTSHR. I promise to post photos of the FiveSibes enjoying their fundraising jaunt! If you would like to pledge in the name of FiveSibes, that would be "paw"some and greatly appreciated by all the Sibes who are helped by the great Sibe-loving volunteers at TOTTSHR. Woos and thank yous!

It's National Dog Week (and Pet Blog Hop)! Let's Celebrate!

Along with welcoming in the crisp, cooler weather this week, we also roll out the carpet for National Dog Week that takes place this year September 19 - 25. While in our humble abode, every day is “Dog Day,” we will be celebrating it in typical Sibe-style: running, playing, eating, and posing for photos. And, for a tidbit of pop culture–the FiveSibesMom (yours truly!) was born and married during this wonderful week! Fitting, wouldn’t you say?! National Dog Week celebrates that special bond between dog and owner; a bond that includes traits of love, loyalty, devotion, trust, forgiveness, companionship. They give us such happiness. They are truly our best friends.  According to , the origins of the phrase “man’s best friend” began with Sen. George Graham Vest, a lawyer from Missouri Vest, who during a closing argument for a client whose dog was deliberately shot and killed by a neighbor, gave such a strong and moving speech to the jury, that the case was won and the spe

An Autumn slideshow featuring the FiveSibes (with a cameo appearance by Smokie the cat!)

The cooler weather has finally arrived in our area and we have five very happy Huskies (and a cat)! The friskiness, running, and howling is on the rise as the temperatures dip, and I do see wide Sibe smiles on those beautiful furry faces! To celebrate the crisper air, the changing colors of the leaves, and the arrival of all things Autumn, I am posting a slideshow featuring our FiveSibes (and Smokie the cat in a cameo role) in all of their happy, cool-air glory that I hope you will enjoy! So grab a sweatshirt, call your furbuddy, and let's all go for a walk to kick up our heels (and a few leaves) now that Sibe season has finally arrived!

Canine Heroes of 9/11: We Will Never Forget

  "If these dogs only knew what a difference they make. Certainly, there's nothing that can replace the precision of a dog's nose—and absolutely nothing that can replace a dog's heart."  — Bob Sessions, rescue worker, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) It’s difficult to believe the ninth anniversary of 9/11 is upon us. In some ways, it is still too raw to even imagine that almost a decade has gone by since that tragic day. September 11th has impacted our lives forever and has touched everyone; families and friends left behind; New Yorkers, Americans, and those who visit our country. My heart goes out to all the families who lost loved ones during that tragic day.  Since FiveSibes is a canine blog, I’d like to reflect upon the call of duty the search and rescue (SAR) dogs, along with their handlers, answered on September 11, 2001, and their loyalty and perseverance to perform their jobs at New York City’s World Trade Center’s Ground Zero, the Pentag

It’s Back to School Time! Is Your Dog Ready?

Bandit is ready for her classes! Back to school time has arrived for the kids, and with it comes everything from shopping for school clothes and supplies to picking out just the right lunch box to having your high school graduate move away to a college dorm. In all of the September excitement, let’s not forget about our canine companions, who just may have some Back to School blues after having been treated to a few months of constant companionship with the children and family during the long, lazy fun-filled days of summer. While the children and parents are busy adjusting their schedules to meet the fall agendas, our pets will be going through an adjustment period as well. As soon as the children go back to school, our dogs may become stressed, sad, and/or lonely with the departure of their buddies on the school bus. Here are some suggestions to help our canine companions feel more relaxed and adjust a little bit easier to the new school schedule: Bandit likes to study too!